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Jenas Got It Wrong About The Toon!
Published : 25 Sep 2011 12:24:29
The Toon French foreign legion are beginning to feel at home, and Alan Pardew says it is because - no matter what Jermaine Jenas says - Newcastle is better than London! Jenas left Tyneside under a cloud, saying he had to get away because "Newcastle is like a goldfish bowl". He left for London saying he couldn't walk around Newcastle city centre without someone patting him on the back. Is that a bad thing? Is London better than the Toon? Alan Pardew hits back, saying his new French signings are fitting in very well. Alan Pardew: “I’ve been really pleased with how they’ve integrated. “I had those concerns (about team spirit) because when you’re bringing in players from whatever country – whichever nationality – there’s time for settling in. “But I believe the North East is much, much easier to settle into than other places. “It’s a warm place, even for myself – and I know I wasn’t particularly loved when I came here. “Everywhere I’ve gone I’ve had a courteous welcome and the hospitality extended to me has been fantastic. “There’s a niceness to it all. “I can think of players at London clubs – it’s much more difficult there. “People are colder and harsher; the environment is tougher for them to settle in. “The city has helped them and the number of them has helped too.”